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T&T junior men s volleyball players created history
by reaching their first final at the tenth Caribbean
Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior
(Under-21) Championships via straight sets win over
the previously unbeaten Curacao at the Sir Garfield
Sobers (Wildey) Gymnasium, Bridgetown, yester-
Bronze medal winners in 2009 and 2011 and fourth
in 2013, the Marlon "Waldo" Phillip-led team secured
a hard fought 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 win over Curacao,
to ensure its best ever finish in the tournament and
earned a spot in tonight s final from 8 pm against the
winner of last night s second semifinal between three-
time winners and defending champions, Barbados and
On Friday night in the men s quarterfinals, T&T
battled past Guadeloupe 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18
and Haiti outlasted US Virgin Islands 20-25, 25-9, 21-
25, 25-23, 15-11.
In the Junior women semifinals, six-time champions
T&T fell to Haiti 19-25, 27-25, 8-25, 18-25 and will
play the loser of the other semifinal between Barbados
and US Virgin Islands which was set to play last night.
The bronze medal match will be played to day at noon
with the final being contested at 6 pm.
On Friday night, T&T junior women s team overcame
Curacao 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 25-11 in their quarterfinal
while Barbados defeated defending champions Mar-
tinique 25-20, 26-24, 25-13 to reach the medal round.
Defending RBC junior tennis champion David
Rodriguez made a strong start when the RBC
Junior Tennis tournament served off at the
Trinidad Country Club in Maraval, yesterday.
Rodriguez, competing in the round robin boys
Under-12 singles category, defeated Sebastian
Sylvester 4-1, 4-2 to send a warning to his com-
petitors. Last year Rodriguez won the boys U-
10 singles and boys U-10 doubles categories.
Alijah Leslie, who is also expected to challenge
for the boys U-12 singles category, outlasted Enoch
George 4-0, 4-2 and got past Tyler Chamberlain
In the girls U-12 singles, top player Aalisha
Alexis made a convincing start to the tournament
getting past Kryshelle Cudjoe 5-3, 4-2 and Britney
Pillai 4-0, 4-1. Isabel Abraham eased past Jade
Ali 4-1, 4-0.
The U-16 and U-18 players will be in action
from tomorrow (Monday). Action continues every
day from 9 am until Thursday.
Councillor Rajcoomar Bhagaloo of the
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
(SGRC) has given the assurance that crick-
et grounds in the district will be prepared
for the 2016 season of the North East
Zonal Council of the T&T Cricket Board
Bhagaloo, local government representa-
tive for Cumuto/Tamana, was speaking at
the recent prize distribution of the zone
staged at the Guaico Secondary School at
Turure, when allrounder Brendon de la
Rosa of Dreadnought was adjudged "Crick-
eter of the Year."
The councillor said that two weeks ago
he chaired a meeting with officials of the
North East Zone, led by its chairman Arjoon
Ramlal, general secretary of the TTCB and
recently appointed director of the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB), when fears
of a late start to the season because of the
condition of the grounds were allayed.
He said it has always been a challenge
because December and January were tra-
ditionally the wettest months of the year
in the North East Zone but that a new
approach is being taken to ensure that
remedial and maintenance work are com-
pleted in time for the season s opener.
Bhagaloo said that he fully understood
the impact on the performance of cricketers
who did not have access to proper playing
fields for both training and competition
in the TTCB competitions.
He lamented that fact that the budget
for the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
had been cut by $10 million, which he said
would have a negative effect on the local
government body s plans and programmes
in the new fiscal year.
However, Bhagaloo gave his commitment
that he would do his utmost to allow the
North East Zone to conduct an uninter-
rupted 2016 season so that the district s
young cricketers can attain their best per-
At the presentation function, North East
Zone also honoured three stalwarts of the
game who epitomised the spirit of the
game, and were the first poster boys who
helped promote and popularise the game
in the rural district.
Present to accept special awards were
Matthew Joseph, of Sangre Chiquito,
known as "Big David" for his hard-hitting
style; Davis Parey, a talented batsman and
one of the zone s first inductees in the
West Hall League; and Toolsie Deonanan,
a Plum Mitan spinner who still holds the
zonal record of most wickets in a season
Ramlal, chairman of the North East
Zone, also remarked on the challenges of
the zone this past season when the fixtures
had to be revised on at least three occasions
because of rain, despite which all compe-
titions were completed by June 8.
He said that North East Zone has been
occupying an office on Oxford Street since
1996 but was forced to find a new office
after the landlord requested the property
for an alternative use.
As a result the North East Zone has relo-
cated to their original base at North Eastern
College, where the zonal meetings and
coaching programmes (on Sunday morn-
ings) will be conducted.
He thanked the school and the Ministry
of Sports for accommodating the zone and
revealed that North East will continue
offering free registration for schoolboys to
play in their competitions, which so far
has attracted ten in the Senior Division
and five in Division One.
Ramlal reiterated that the zone has always
focused on development of their young
talent and paid tribute to the administrative
officers of the various clubs who have been
working tirelessly to promote the game.
He said that the primary and secondary
schools continue to be the feeder to the
North East Zone competitions as the crick-
eters progress and develop to national level
with opportunities to excel in the inter-
zone BGTT competition.
Ramlal noted that this year four young
cricketers were honoured with Most Valu-
able Players awards, namely Vasant Singh
(U-13), Shondell Eammons (U-15),
Christoph Lewis (U-17) and Dariel Ramd-
For the second year in a row Cunaripo
Presbyterian School provided the top male
and female cricketers in Christoper Roscoe
and Aliyah Boodram.
North East cricket
grounds will be ready
President of the T&T Cricket Board Azim Bassarath, right, and chairman of the North East Zonal Council Arjoon Ramlal, left, with the
zone's special honorees, from left, Davis Parey, Matthew Joseph and Toolsie Deonanan at a recent prize-giving function at the Guaico
Secondary School, Turure. PHOTO COURTESY TTCB
The North Zonal Council of the T&T
Cricket Board will host screening sessions
for players interested in competing in the
upcoming BGTT Under-15 Zonal tourna-
ment carded for January next year.
All cricketers under the age of 15 as of
September 30, 2016 can participate in the
training sessions. The first two sessions will
take place on Tuesday and Thursday at the
Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo Road,
from 3.30 pm each day.
Gregory Davis, the zone s director of coach-
ing along with U-15 coach Miguel Paty, selec-
tor Claude Phillip and other coaches will be
on hand to look at the young talent over the
next few weeks before the tournament begins.
The zone made it to the semifinal stage of
the tournament last year.
North Zone to host screening sessions
Junior v-ball men
reach first final
strong in RBC tennis
Cameron Wong def Georgina Boos 6-1
Charlotte Ready def Ella Carrington 6-4
Gabrielle Mackenzie def Chantal Thorp 6-0
Nicholas Ready def Jaden Rampersad 6-1
Tim Pasea def Lorcan Chan Pak 6-1
Isabel Abraham def Jade Ali 4-1, 4-0
Aalisha Alexis def Kryshelle Cudjoe 5-3, 4-2
Aalisha Alexis def Britney Pillai 4-0, 4-1
David Rodriguez def Sebastian Sylvester 4-1, 4-2
Christopher Thorp def Josh Gonsalves -- walkover
Alijah Leslie def Enoch George 4-0, 4-2
Alijah Leslie def Tyler Chamberlain 4-0, 4-0
Charles Devaux def Christopher Thorp 4-1, 2-4, 10-3
Samuel West def Michael Ramdial 4-0, 4-0
Adam Ramkissoon def Vashist Kelly 4-0, 4-0
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